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Methods for performing major surgery

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I need to perform some major surgery on the internals of a Hornby tender so I can fit a large speaker. It's a long time since I have done something like this but my memories are of long and awkward struggles to get a scalpel into just the right place and slowly hacking parts away at great risk to the model and my fingers. There's got to be a better way, so I was wondering what methods people use. I am considering a Dremel fitted with a cutting disc, perhaps running from a flexible shaft.

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I agree with everything 34C has said. Heat is the main problem with cutting/slitting disks but they can be very effective in short bursts. Modern polymers can be cooled to help before you start, but some of the older plastics can shatter when worked on after cooling! Either way, the dremel is the way to go!

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